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Multi-Lake Regulation

Multi-lake regulation refers to the possibility of providing benefits to the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence River system as a whole by operating regulation structures - including both existing and new structures - at the outlets of the lakes to control water levels and flows within certain limits. It is one potential approach for managing and adapting to uncertain future conditions within the system. The International Upper Great Lakes Study investigated multi-lake regulation at an exploratory level, focusing on: the capacity of multi-lake regulation to reduce the frequency of occurrence of extreme water level conditions under a range of possible extreme future scenarios; the structures and estimated costs required; the environmental and institutional considerations associated with multi-lake regulation; and the additional issues and limitations related to multi-lake regulation that would need to be investigated if additional studies were pursued in the future.
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